Canessa, Rosaline


Phone number: (250) 721-7339
Department: Geography

Research description:

Research Description

Developing approaches and techniques for sound planning and management of the coast, including marine protected areas, in particular the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and seascape visualization.

Expertise Profile

Dr. Canessa has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology, a Masters in Marine Resource Development and Protection, and PhD in applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to coastal planning. Her research focuses on place-based coastal planning and management and the use of spatial technologies such as GIS and seascape visualization to support marine spatial planning, particularly in collaborative settings of multiple stakeholders. She works closely with First Nations, provincial and federal governments, conservancy groups, NGOs and communities. Specific research areas includes aquaculture and First Nation rights; patterns of intentional oil spill discharges and associated marine vessels on Canada’s Pacific coast; place attachment to the coast and stewardship; livelihood benefits from marine protected areas; marine conservation planning; marine zoning; assessing the effectiveness interactive multi-user touch tables for coastal planning; seascape visualisation.

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Faces of UVic Research video:

Twitter: CORALatUVic

International research:

Marine protected areas and coastal management in Barbados and Tanzania

Countries lived or worked in:

Gibraltar, the Netherlands, Scotland, U.S.A. and Barbados



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